Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

880 East 11th Ave
Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio 43211

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Columbus, Ohio that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of October 13th, 2019, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Columbus, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority serves Columbus.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Columbus, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Closed

Open Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Columbus, Ohio Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please note: The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority covers Columbus, OH.

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. It opened on September 9, 2015, and is open indefinitely. This waiting list was last open in May 2006.

To apply, complete the online application here. The online portal will be open 24 hours; 7 days a week.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

Once the pre-application has been submitted, applicants can check their status by calling the waiting list status line at (614) 421-6180. A recording will also help guide applicants through the next steps of the process. This line will be open all hours.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

According to this 10/6/15 news article, more than 24,000 people have applied since the waiting list reopened in September 2015. The CMHA issued 200 vouchers in October 2015.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (614) 421-6000. 

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (614)421-6000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/29/2018.

Other Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority CMHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications fat this time.

The CMHA offers 11 family Public Housing communities, and two communities dedicated to senior/disabled individuals. For a complete list of each community the CMHA offers, please follow this link.

For more information, visit the CMHA website, or call the office at (614) 421-6000.

Last Updated on 10/07/2015.

About Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

More information about Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cmhanet.com/.

Representatives of Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority may be available by phone at (614) 421-6000. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/13/2019, it is not known if Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority manages 13,118 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 10,415 94 794 101 341 782
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $605 $563 $613 $990 $458 $435
Monthly Cost $6,304,539 $52,943 $486,332 $99,998 $156,270 $339,863

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 7% having issued approximately 1,781 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 17 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $11,841 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 55% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 20% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

45% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 42% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

79% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 78% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 41% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 91% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 44% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $291 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $664. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $139.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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